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Dec 14, 2009 - Papantla

Hotel Quinta de los Leones. Very clean, well located near the north end of town. Family run. Great food. Highly recommended. We loved this place. 350 pesos. 10 min. drive to El Tajin. wifi in lobby and some rooms Papantla We were on the road pretty early the next morning. It was kind of cool, but there was promise of warmer temperatures to come. We got lost in Tampico for a little while before we got on the bridge that would take us south. In Mexico, there are ‘usually’ signs that ‘usually’ point in the right direction. Just don’t bet on...

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Oct 23, 2009 - Veracruz

De Puebla nous nous dirigeons vers la cote atlantique, vers l’est. Nous voulons visiter un endroit dont nous a parle Marc, le cousin de Marie. C’est en fait un éco-village, situé dans les montagnes de l’état de Veracruz. Nous y arrivons au deuxième jour de trajet, en stop, en bus en a pied, car ils sont bien retirés dans la campagne. Le domaine parait assez grand et leur principal activité est d’organiser des stages de différents domaines (sujets toujours écologiques). Nous y passons presque la journée a visiter et a attendre qu’ils...

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Mar 8, 2009 - Acayucan to Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico

The motorcycling couple we met briefly at the gate to Chichen Itza recommended the area around Catemaco as a place we should explore if we could. We decided to take a route to Veracruz that would pass through Catameco, which is located on Mexico’s 3rd largest fresh water lake. One of the unusual aspects of Catemaco is that it is the centre of whictchcraft in Mexico. People come from all over the country for “consultaions” and every year there is a gathering of witches from all over Mexico here for cleanzing rituals. As you pull into town...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Palenque, Chiapas to Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico

From Palenque to just outside Villhermosa the highway is a good, two lane with narrow shoulders that passes through rolling ranch and farmland. It was a pleasant ride and the temperature was quite nice. Beyond Villahermosa there is choice between toll highway and the free highway. As always, we chose the free highway and found it to be pretty good to start with. It was not long, however before the traffic got pretty heavy and backed up because of the sugar cane harvest. The cane trucks are impossibly over loaded and therefore moving at a...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Tourist in a non-tourist town

Well, it has been another in a series of wonderful days here in Mexico. This was scheduled as a 'free day' in which to explore the area. After getting information from the campground owner - who is (or was) an American - a large group of us headed out this morning for some sightseeing. We carpooled about 15 miles back in the direction we came from and headed out to see a local waterfall. It was worth the drive and definately worth the climb down, and then back up the 260 stairs. After doing a litte shopping we made a stop at the local...

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Feb 13, 2009 - At the home of the witches..

Time of Departure - 0830 Time of arrival - 1300’ish Distance traveled - 94 miles Travel related expenses - 49 pesos for toll bridge Weather - low 80’s with clouds, not very humid Destination - Catemaco, Veracruz Campground - Tepetapan RV park Amenities - we are dry camping, some of the group has 15 amp & water Today was another short driving day in which we traveled from sea level to an elevation of about 1100 feet. We passed through numerous small villages and traveled by banana plantations and sugar cane fields. When we arrived at our...

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Feb 12, 2009 - We are south of Cuba!!

Time of departure - 0830 Time of return - 1630 Spent day on tour bus in Veracruz Weather - low 80’s with low humidity and light breeze Today was a bus tour of Veracruz Mexico. Some of the highlights. Veracruz is on the Bay of Campeche. It is a petroleum producing region, major seaport and manufacturing center. Volkswagens are manufactured here. The parts are made in Germany, shipped here, assembled here and the new cars are shipped back to Germany and elsewhere. Hard to imagine they save money this way. We learned that each state in Mexico...

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Feb 11, 2009 - More beach

Departure time - 0800 Arrival time - 1200 Distance traveled - 123 miles Travel related expenses - 152 pesos or $11.13 in tolls Weather - low 80’s and humid, got really windy late in the day Destination - Veracruz, Veracruz (city & state same name) Campground - El Rey, 15 amp (not) & waterSadly, it was time to leave the Costa Esmeralda area, we had fallen in love with this beach front campground and it’s friendly hosts. But it was time to see what was down the road….. Our travels today took us along the now familiar 2 lane roadways which...

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Feb 10, 2009 - Hanging with the locals

I've been doing my journal entries on a daily basis in microsoft word since we don't have wi-fi every day. It was my hope to cut and paste on those rare occasions when we did have internet so that I could save myself some time & effort. Well, I had a great entry done for todays tour of San Rafael and don't you know it, I can't find it anywhere within this darn computer.....I've been sitting here for the last couple of hours trying to get the entries and photos caught up ( and missing pool & margarita time ) So, rather then going into...

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Feb 9, 2009 - Our first ruins

Departure time - 0830 Today’s travel was via a large and comfortable bus. Destination - El Tajin ruins & city of Paplanta Weather - no real changes, low 80’s with some humidity Campground - Neptuno RV Park along the Costa Esmeralda After 3 days of driving we have arrived at what I would call the start of our vacation! Today we loaded up into a large air conditioned bus and headed out to tour our first ruins. (Our wagon masters led this same caravan itinerary last year and apparently the bus was smaller, not air conditioned and crowded -...

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Feb 8, 2009 - Along the Gulf of Mexico

Time of departure - 0730 Time of arrival - 1700 Miles driven - 227 Travel related expenses - 222 pesos in tolls (3 bridges & 2 toll roads) -- fuel 2050 pesos Total in dollars - tolls $16.26 -- $150 in fuel Weather conditions - cloudy with temps in the low 80’s -- less wind today Destination - Costa Esmeralda ‘area’, Veracruz Campground - Neptuno RV Park, 15 amp w/sewer & water Today was our third ‘driving’ day and we had made a group decision to hit the road early. We managed to get through the town of Tampico with limited difficulty - it...

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Feb 7, 2009 - Touring Veracruz and Antigua

Feb. 7 - Today we took a bus tour from our camp ground, just south of Veracruz, to the tiny old city of Antigua, into the city of Veracruz, including the old fortifications around the city of Veracruz, and the downtown city of Veracruz. We enjoyed the day - lots of history here. One of the things that interested me was the huge number of single family homes under construction. They are small, attached, and really conjested. The bus driver explained that the government is helping people by allowing them to pay forward toward a down payment,...

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